Chicago rent barometer: so you want to rent in the Loop?

Millennium Park Plaza two-bedroom apartment

It’s a safe bet there aren’t many baristas renting in Chicago’s Loop. We scanned some recent Craigslist ads to find out how much scratch you should expect to lay out each month to live in the middle of all the action, and, in most cases, renters downtown need to have deep pockets. There are several renovated apartments for rent at Millennium Park Plaza, located across from the park at 151 N Michigan Ave. This two-bedroom two-bathroom unit (right) goes for $2,625 a month, and this one-bedroom (left) is $1,525.

Millennium Park Plaza one-bedroom apartment

Let’s not forget that renting in a Loop building like this one comes with the kinds of perks you won’t find everywhere, like 24-hour door staff, on-site restaurants, valet parking, fitness facilities, an indoor swimming pool and a rooftop sundeck.A 530-square-foot one-bedroom apartment at Lake Shore Drive and Randolph Street rents for $1,287, and the building includes a pool, sauna, gym and 24-hour door staff. At 732 S Financial Pl in Printers Row, a 640-square-foot studio loft (pictured right) goes for $1,400.

732 S Financial Place loft

The unit has 16-foot ceiling heights, an in-unit washer and dryer, a fireplace, and exposed brick and timber. Most utilities are included, and it’s even available furnished.At North Harbor Tower, located at Harbor and Randolph streets, rents range from $1,045 for a studio to $3,897 for a three-bedroom apartment. Amenities at the building include a fitness center, business center, party room, swimming pool, sauna, grocery store and dry cleaners.

Fisher Building, 343 S Dearborn St

At the historic Fisher Building (pictured left), located at Dearborn and Van Buren streets, studio apartments start at $1,200, one-bedrooms at $1,300, two-bedrooms at $1,700, and three-bedrooms at $2,600. The building at 63 E Lake St has a 23rd-floor penthouse available for $2,950, and a two-bedroom unit on the 16th floor rents for $2,630.

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